with Kathryn Templeton and Sarah Guglielmi

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This program is recognized by and listed with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). The program is open to all dedicated yoga students, but certification is available only to those with 200-hour yoga teacher certification.

This four-unit program will provide you with the knowledge and skill to design dosha balancing asana practices, use food with awareness, and create a lifestyle plan for yourself and for your students based upon specific needs and goals. You will also be able to offer ayurvedic consultations and confidently teach ayurvedic principles in the classroom. Add another dimension to your life and teaching and learn more about the exciting science of ayurveda!

Topics include:

  • How prana and ojas (deep vitality) can be cultivated to regulate and support agni (digestive fire) for optimal health
  • A deeper knowledge of the ayurvedic maps: doshas (constitutions), gunas (psychological tendencies), vayus (winds or movement of prana), and koshas (sheaths)
  • How to adapt asana and pranayama to kindle agni and better circulate prana for efficient energy management
  • The alchemy of yoga and ayurveda along with diet and lifestyle adjustments to adapt to daily, seasonal, and stage-of-life changes
  • How to identify typical constitutional imbalances and address vikruti (imbalances) through asana, pranayama, deep relaxation, meditation and diet, cleansing, and lifestyle adjustments

This program is offered in four units. Units 1-3 may be taken in any order. Units 1-3 must be taken prior to Unit 4.

Course Content Overview

Unit 1. The Macrocosm and Microcosm of Ayurveda and Yoga
  • Yoga and ayurvedic philosophy; understanding prakriti and purusha
  • The manifestation of the elements; koshas (sheaths) and doshas (constitutions)
  • The ayurvedic clock; how we are affected by the hour, season, and stages of life
Unit 2. Psychology of Ayurveda and Physiology of Yoga
  • The architecture of the mind and the gunas; scientific use of asana, pranayama, and meditation
  • Prana, tejas, and ojas
  • Practices for seasonal changes and vata imbalance
Unit 3. Improving Our Digestion of Foods, Thoughts, and Actions
  • The six tastes and the ayurvedic diet
  • Developing clinical awareness of asana, pranayama, meditation and diet/lifestyle as it relates to digestion and assimilation
  • Learn to make ghee, kitchari, medicinal oils and teas; includes demonstrations, samples and recipes
Unit 4. Clinical Use of Ayurveda and Yoga
  • Practical application of yoga and ayurvedic psychology; dinacharya (daily routine), cleansing, asana, pranayama and meditation
  • Additional training on the nadis (energy channels)
  • Working with private clients using yoga and ayurveda
    • Assessment and developing a treatment plan
    • Practice client interaction and making individual prescriptions for yoga
    • Diet and lifestyle interventions

Tuition: $399 per unit. Accommodations are not included.

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Continuing Education for AYS Graduates

Graduates of the Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist (AYS) program now have many great ways to continue their education. The Torchbearer Program and Ayurvedic Health Counselor Program at the Himalayan Institute AYS Graduate School serve to deepen your knowledge, make you eligible for Ayurvedic Health Counselor certification, and be considered for teaching the AYS Program.

Learn more about AHC Grad School Program

Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist (AYS) Torchbearer Program

This program consists of 10 group conference calls to discuss specific client case studies. The program is designed to further develop and refine your understanding of the tools of ayurveda in working with clients. All calls are supervised by Kathryn Templeton, Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Prerequisite: Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist certification

Upcoming approved workshops for the Torchbearer Program can be found here.

For More Information

Phone: (570) 616-0824
Email: certifications@himalayaninstitute.org
Himalayan Institute Certifications
952 Bethany Turnpike
Honesdale, PA 18431-4041, USA